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Matthew Brady
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08/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Martin Scorsese is the man to director movies

what can i say about this movie martin Scorsese is the man to director movies he can really show a story that not people what to listen too and then the next thing is that people are saying the story is the best part of the movie. The cast in the movie like Robert DE Niro and Joe Pesci are fantastic in they roles and nothing really Bad on the acting rate but the movie at times does slow down a little bit and that's it the movie is Fab, I loved this movie in black and white it shows more of a dark and messed up things in the world like other great movies like (Nosferatu the vampire) (The wizard of OZ) and (marry and max), the movie has it's ups and downs to other people but to me the movie is great and always will be number one.

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02/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Raging Bull" by Yojimbo

Martin Scorsese certainly doesn't pull any punches in this biopic of fighter Jake LaMotta that's as brutal and uncompromising as the man himself. Although Scorsese's favourite subject matter of the American gangster is strictly confined to the sidelines for this film, it shares the familiar themes of men of violence whose behaviour is governed by testosterone and ignorance and their whole lives ruled by ego and the unshakable need to be the "alpha male". LaMotta, although himself a consultant to the film, is shown to be a thoroughly unlikable individual; a selfish, immature, paranoid bully who is completely incapable of an adult relationship which is no doubt a side effect of his ferocious talent in the ring. Scorsese shows boxing not as a glamorous sport, but one of ugly brutality staine...

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08/25/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Scorsese+De Niro+Pesci = A Masterpiece!!

Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci, and Robert DeNiro: When these guys get together, you know something big is going to happen and this film is a perfect example of great quality. Raging Bull is Jake LaMotta's rise and fall as an athlete to a nightclub performer. I think this is the film that Joe Pesci shows that even little guys can cause the most harm. When DeNiro and Pesci play the La Motta brothers, you believe it because they have such great chemistry with each other. I don't think Pesci was ever intimidated by Scorsese or DeNiro. This film earned DeNiro his second Academy Award and you can see why. Not only is the transformation, physical but emotional and psychological as well. These characters are flawed, human, and believable with great cast of actors. Don't forget Cathy Moriarty who was...

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11/21/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Main character too unlikeable and uninteresting

I would like to love this movie as everyone else does but I do not. Now it is shot very well, and has great performances but the problem is the character of Jake Lomatta is just too unlikeable. He has nothing redeeming about his character he is just a goon basically. Now I am not against unlikeable main characters but they have to at least be interesting as a character but this guy isn't. Maybe if there was a brighter character in it it would be better but Joe Pesci's character really is not much better.

Pros: Well shot and well acted.

Cons: Failed to really tell you how popular Jake Lamotta became. There are no positive or likable characters. The character are not interesting enough to be able to be unlikeable.

Oscar Win Best Actor Robert Deniro 5/5- Deniro is very good as Lamo...

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03/31/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"You didn't get me down, Ray."

Surely one of the most beautiful films ever made. Gorgeous black and quite cinematography, which not only adds gravitas but also permits the fight scenes to be staged almost operatically; they are remarkably brutal as they stand, but in color they would be unbearable. No other film gives the same sensation of being in the ring, of beating and being beaten, of the blood and sweat that goes into this visceral sport. Remarkably, the boxing matches manage to convey all this while still putting the audience in the protagonist's state of mind; particularly memorable is the hellish final fight against Sugar Ray. De Niro's performance, while legendarily "method," outdoes the legend--weight gain can be a stunt, but De Niro truly embodies a talented man who cannot quite control his drive to pum...

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Franz Patrick
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12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Raging Bull

I'm slowly becoming obsessed with Martin Scorcesse's films. His movies have that certain grit that I look for, which automatically makes me want to give them at least a three stars. That's the mark of a great director. This film is an uncensored look in a man's life. All types of ugliness are shown in this movie so it has that down-to-earth, simple-yet-complex storyline. I love the boxing scenes--they're definitely one of the best boxing scenes I've ever seen. I can withstand a lot of violence but I must admit that this one made me flinch multiple times. It all looks very real because the camera is mostly focused on the boxers' faces. This film is never boring because some sort of confrontation is within each scene. The black-and-white classic look is also a plus. I wish more films were m...

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